Appeal to U.N. to protect humans from wireless technology

International Scientists Appeal to U.N. to Protect Humans and Wildlife from Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Technology

WHO’s conflicting stance on risk needs strengthening, says 190 scientists

On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted an appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO), requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk. These exposures are a rapidly growing form of environmental pollution worldwide. Continue reading

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An energy ’death spiral’ could result in electricity prices skyrocketing as more consumers go ‘off-grid’

AN ENERGY “death spiral” could result in electricity prices skyrocketing further as some customers tear up large bills in favour of using their own solar and battery power.

A Senate committee examining the management of electricity networks has found bill shock will become even more shocking for some unlucky customers as improving technology allows other customers to go “off-grid”.

A report prepared by the Environment and Communications References Committee said it was increasingly likely more and more customers would generate their own electricity in the future as technology improves solar and battery power, leaving fewer customers to foot the bill for the growing and expensive electricity network.

“Electricity prices, largely driven by network costs, have risen significantly while the demand for electricity has declined,” the report says.

“This had led to concern about a death spiral; that is, high prices are causing demand to decline while also encouraging consumers and businesses to engage in their own generation activities. Remaining customers would be required to pay an increasing share of the network costs.”

With more than one million solar power systems already on roofs and emerging battery storage technology allowing homes to store their own solar power, we could see an even more dramatic behaviour shift.

The report recommended an urgent investigation into electricity production, asking state governments to “prioritise efforts” to focus on whether networks are properly anticipating more and more customers going “off-grid”.

Meanwhile, the committee is still considering allegations of price rorting by electricity company Energex.

The inquiry was sparked by an Energex whistleblower’s revelations published in The Courier-Mail last year that it looked into manipulating data to target a higher rate of return.

Complete article with video was posted on The Courier Mail linked here

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Life-support patient disconnected | Herald Sun

Energy retailers are wrongfully disconnecting electricity customers at a rate that is causing concern to the Essential Services Commission.  Processes intended to protect customers from spur-of-the-moment disconnections are not being adhered to.  These processes include hardship assessment, payment advice and adequate warning.  Those owing less than $120 or on registered life-support equipment should not be disconnected at all.

In one alarming incident, Momentum Energy disconnected a customer on life-support for nine hours.  Fortunately the customer was not harmed.

Wrongful disconnections more than doubled last financial year with Victoria’s electricity disconnections the highest in Australia.  Sky-rocketing energy bills are creating financial difficulties for households.  The ease with which electricity distributors can remotely disconnect smart meters makes it easier to disconnect first, ask questions later.

Full report by Karen Collier

 

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Is electromagnetic hypersensitivity real? | The Feed, SBS

A growing number of people are suffering from health problems, and they lay the blame at mobile phones, smart meters and wifi; an allergy to electromagnetic fields.

See:

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/432697924000/Is-electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-real-The-Feed

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Where’s Your Mobile Phone? – Monash University Survey

Opportunity for young women to participate in a short survey.

Would you like to take part in a Monash University survey on how young women store, carry and use their mobile phones and their perception of risk? Monash is going to use the data for a publication and will also provide necessary information to design a future women’s health study. You’ll also find out a bit about minimum recommended carrying distance and phone radiation emissions.

The survey:

  • Is for young women aged 12 to 40.
  • It takes 10 to 15 minutes on Survey Monkey.
  • It is completely anonymous.
  • It has received ethics approval from Monash University

The Chief Investigator is: Dr Mary Redmayne, Dept. of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.

To take part in this survey, go to this web address:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XHH8BKD#

An explanatory statement with more information and contact details is available at Where’s your mobile phone

There is no current information on this topic available in Australia, so your participation will be a great help and contribute to letting researchers design a women’s health study.

Poster for you to share

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Which meter do you trust?

Back in the good old days, before smart meters, before the privatisation of the Victorian Electrical system, there was the state government owned State Electricity Commission of Victoria.  The SECV was disbanded in 1993 as various private electricity companies (largely foreign owned) scrambled for a piece of the lucrative action. See Vicpower website.

The SECV used to send its customers a periodic ‘Customer News’.  SEC customer news no. 13In the issue distributed around about 1993, the year of the SEC’s demise (and the issue’s number is ominously ‘No. 13’) the SECV was at pains to assure its customers that their (analogue) electricity meter is accurate and within the limits set down in the Australian Standards specifications.  Was this assurance prophetic, foreseeing the introduction of smart meters to Victoria under a privatised electricity network?

The rollout of smart meters in Victoria saw complaints to the Energy and Water Ombudsman of Victoria (EWOV) go through the roof.  The private electricity distributors in Victoria claim that the skyrocketing electricity consumption of many customers who‘ve just received a smart meter is due to the smart meters being accurate and analogue meters being inaccurate.  Not according to the SEC’s newsletter.  Which meter is accurate?

The SECV newsletter goes on to say that their meters “can be expected to stay inside the allowable range throughout its working life”.  Are smart meters accurate for even one day?  Customers in Victoria and around the world report their bills nearly doubling, and sometimes even more, from day one of having a smart meter installed.

The SECV in its 13th newsletter also tells customers that their analogue meter will last 30 years and more.  That’s fairly indisputable.  Some of those who were smart enough to retain their analogue meter have a meter that is possibly 70 years old.

Not so the ‘smart’ meter.  It has an optimistic lifespan of about 15 years.  Given there is limited real experience to draw from, we considered it reasonable to assume that the meters will be replaced 15 full years after they were installed in the mass rollout”, quoted from ‘Advanced metering infrastructure cost benefit analysis’.  And it won’t be the foreign owned electricity distributors who will be footing the bill when the smart meter needs replacing.  It will be the customers.  No financial loss to the electricity distributor.

The SECV newsletter goes on to say that failures of analogue meters “over their operational life are quite rare”.  Not so with smart meters.  All it takes is a common occurrence like a vehicle hitting a power pole for hundreds of local smart meters to simultaneously explode.  See ‘Hundreds of smart meters simultaneously explode’  Ask those residents what they thought of the smart grid’s ability to quickly detect and rectify blackouts.

Which meter lasts longer, measures accurately to Australian standards and is less likely to fail?  You don’t have to be very smart to figure that one out.

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AusNet to pay $125 each to 230,000 customers for smart meter IT system glitch | Herald Sun

A POWER giant has to pay $28.75 million compensation to hundreds of thousands of customers with smart meters that are not functioning ­properly due to an “unstable” IT system.

The 230,000 AusNet Services customers will each be paid $125 with the problem not ­likely to be fully resolved until the end of the year.

The distribution company, which covers Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and northeast and eastern Victoria, will this month contact those affected.

Customers should be paid the compensation rebates within the next three months.

Other distributors United Energy, CitiPower and Powercor will also pay the compensation for faulty meters but only about 2500 customers across those companies have been effected.

An unstable IT system has caused mass delays in activating AusNet smart meters to remotely transmit electricity use data. Those meters are instead still manually read.

Billing accuracy is unaffected, but customers are missing out on services such as remote reconnection when moving house. Some are also blocked from signing on to retailers’ flexible tariffs that charge consumers for electricity according to time of use.

AusNet Services has fitted more than 700,000 smart meters. Of those, 470,000 are communicating remotely but the rest are not.

The problem is not expected to be fully resolved until the end of next year.

Spokesman Jonathon Geddes said the business was “working hard to complete the program as quickly as possible”.

“Due to instability issues with our metering systems’ performance … AusNet Services reduced meter conversions for remote communication while working to ensure stability,” Mr Geddes said.

Consumers were entitled to compensation if their smart meters were not remotely read by March 31.

“The Victorian Government has required we pay eligible customers a one-off $125 rebate. These customers will continue to have their meters manually read and won’t have access to the benefits of a ­remote communicating meter, such as remote reconnection when moving house.”

The company identified smart meter IT problems, such as overnight electricity consumption data delivery, last year.

It is spending $175 million on a fix-it program.

Karen Collier  

Via: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/ausnet-to-pay-125-each-to-230000-customers-for-smart-meter-it-system-glitch/story-fni0fit3-1227293346539

 

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